Laurence Côté-Pitre

Ph.D. Student

Office Hours

Wed 3-5 pm

Background

Originally from Québec City, I studied languages (English, German and Spanish) in my hometown at Cégep Limoilou from 2010 to 2012. I then received my H.BA. from the University of Toronto in German Studies and European Studies in June 2016. In 2013-2014, I spent a year at the Karl-Franzens Universität in Graz, Austria as an exchange student.

I will be receiving my MA. in German from the University of Toronto in November 2017. My research paper focused on the underground poetry of the Prenzlauer Berg Szene in the 1980s. I am interested in exploring varied topics such as German language and culture, German literature—especially from the GDR, and European politics among others.

Aside from academics, you can find me exploring the quaint, hidden corners of our world. I enjoy practicing my four languages when I travel and meet new people from across the world!

Conference Papers

  • “Conflincting Memories: The Role of Christa Wolf and her Literature for Germany’s Collective Memory.” Canadian Association of University Teachers of German Conference. Ryerson University. May 2017
  • “Conflincting Memories: The Role of Christa Wolf and her Literature for Germany’s Collective Memory.” Memory and Momentum: Culture and Change in Central and Eastern Europe, Graduate Conference. University of Victoria. March 2017.
  • “Why Did Hungary Preserve its Communist Monuments and Create the Statue Park in Budapest in 1993?” First Annual Hungarian Studies Conference: Paprika, Pálinka and Politics: Variations on Themes in Hungarian Studies. University of Toronto. October 2015.

Awards

  • Jackman Junior Fellowship, University of Toronto, 2017-2022.
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, University of Toronto, 2017.
  • The Ambassador of Switzerland to Canada Book Prize in German, St.Michael’s College, University of Toronto, June 2016.
  • Victoria-Mueller-Carson In-Course Scholarship, St.Michael’s College, University of Toronto, October, 2015.